After serving as the backup quarterback in 2017, Kyler Murray likely will succeed Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma’s starter in 2018.
Football, however, is far from the only sport on Murray’s mind this spring.
The transfer from Texas A&M also is an outfielder for the Oklahoma baseball team, and Murray is enjoying noticeable success on the diamond. He is batting .306 with 5 home runs and a .537 slugging percentage.
Of course, football is where Murray has made a name for himself, dating to his high school days in Allen, Texas. But with Murray’s success this spring, one can’t ignore the possibility of his name being in the discussion for the MLB draft in June.
While Murray isn’t expected to make baseball his primary focus, Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley is actively addressing the conflict that Murray’s involvement in the MLB draft could create.
Riley told reporters after the Oklahoma spring football game on Saturday that he and Murray have had several “open and honest” conversations about Murray’s future as he continues to showcase his talent as a dual-sport athlete.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley when asked about QB Kyler Murray and the MLB draft later this year: “We’ve had some discussions on that, open and honest with each other on that and comfortable about where we’re at.”
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) April 14, 2018
Murray saw playing time in 7 games during the 2017 season, which included a start against West Virginia after Mayfield was disciplined for his obscene gestures a week earlier at Kansas. He was replaced by Mayfield after one series, but took the opening snap for a 66-yard gain. Murray finished the season 18-of-21 passing for 359 yards.
As for 2018, Riley said on Saturday that there is a healthy competition between Murray and Austin Kendall for the starting job, though plenty can change before Week 1 arrives in September.
Riley says Kyler Murray was playing better early in the spring, but Austin Kendall has really settled in the last half of the spring season. Says the quarterback competition is neck-in-neck
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 14, 2018
Oklahoma baseball is tied with Oklahoma State for first place in the Big 12 standings with an 8-2 record in the conference. The football team will attempt to capture its fourth straight Big 12 title this fall after making the College Football Playoff during the 2017 season.